|Van Jones: The economic injustice of plastic - TED.com|
Van Jones lays out a case against plastic pollution from the perspective of social justice. Because plastic trash, he shows us, hits poor people and poor countries "first and worst," with consequences we all share no matter where we live and what we earn. At TEDxGPGP, he offers a few powerful ideas to help us reclaim our throwaway planet.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch; TED; Talks; business; communication; global issues; green; plastic; poverty; science; tedx; 2010
|Mike Biddle: We can recycle plastic - TED.com|
Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled -- compared to almost 90% of metals -- because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; global issues; green; plastic; technology; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Dianna Cohen: Tough truths about plastic pollution - TED.com|
Artist Dianna Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives -- and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Mission Blue Voyage; TED; Talks; consumerism; global issues; green; mission blue; oceans; plastic; 2010
|Capt. Charles Moore on the seas of plastic - TED.com|
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; business; environment; oceans; plastic; science; 2009
|Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer: The toxic baby? - TED.com|
Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant: Could they affect her unborn child? So she asked scientist Tyrone Hayes to brief her on one he studied closely: atrazine, a herbicide used on corn. (Hayes, an expert on amphibians, is a critic of atrazine, which displays a disturbing effect on frog development.) Onstage together at TEDWomen, Hayes and Chaffer tell their story.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; animals; biology; children; film; plastic; science; sex; 2010
|Chris Jordan pictures some shocking stats - TED.com|
Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; beauty; business; culture; photography; plastic; statistics; TED2008; 2008
|Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria - TED.com|
Once it's created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic -- specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; bacteria; biology; plastic; pollution; science; youth; TED2013; 2013
|Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic? - TED.com|
Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; environment; green; nature; plastic; product design; technology; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010